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    February 7, 2013
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>> anita's ruling party rejects its own prime minister's decision to dissolve the unisia'st -- indone ruling party rejects its own prime minister's decision. you're watching a al jazeera. shocking.ndings are talki >> match fixing and organized crime. cheating.t on xi jin thousands of syrian refugees are struggling to survive.
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ireland is about to take action on banks. >> and a report from lagos, nigeria, about the dozens of abandoned airplanes at the country's airport. >> the ruling party of tunisia has projected its own prime minister's decision to dissolve the government. there is a homecoming of shokri belaid's remains. they predict the dissolution of parliament announced by its own prime minister. the assassination has sparked mass protests in several
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major cities. now this report. >> the people here are pretty much aware of the implications of the assassination and the uncertainty that looms over the country. this is by the political establishment yesterday had a quick fix the problem. prime minister hamdi jebali said that he offered the technocratic government, refusing -- saying the offer to dissolve the government. the party says that it rejects a technocratic offer and they intend to stay in power. the other opposition parties want to include everyone in the talks and they don't want a
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democratic government. >> an inquiry by australia's top criminal investigation leaders has found widespread doping in professional sport. links to organized crime and the possibility of a match fixing. scandals damaging the ssport andy of e around a world-class -- sport around the world. >> australia has a reputation not just being good at sports but for having clean sports. bad reputation right now seems to be in trouble. this report outlines wide scale doping across our whole range of exports. this is not just individual players. this is orchestrated doping of entire teams. performance enhancing drugs and hormones being given on a
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systematic basis to the teams to improve their performance on the field. individual teams and players are not mentioned the, because criminal sanctions may follow and the government does not want to prejudice any trials. this goes right across rugby, football, and potentially other sports as well in australia. it's a dark day and is the beginning of a long road. >> firefighters in the australian state of tasmania called for reinforcements as they battle a spreading wildfire. water bombing helicopters are on their way to tasmania now. people are preparing to be moved down from one town. aftershocks continue to rattle the solomon islands after a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck on wednesday. the associated press news agency says that nine people have died after a highway president to -- after a one-meter high wave
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crashed onto the land. the death toll is expected to rise. south korea is warning nuclear weapons developed by north korea could be several times more powerful than the bomb dropped on hiroshima during the second world war. the north is expected to conduct a nuclear test for the fourth time in the near future. south korea says the north has the potential to carry out tests using a method that would make a nuclear weapon extremely effective. >> in the past, the nuclear bombs dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki were made of plutonium. weighed 13 tons and it resulted in a huge number of casualties. we believe the advanced weapons from the north might have several times more impact and could almost destroy an entire city. >> a new report by doctors without borders says half of the 220,000 syrian deputies in lebanon are not receiving adequate medical care. it says the situation has
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deteriorated over the last six months. now this live report from club anon. they were meant to be refugee camps, but are they providing any real refuge for the syrians escaping the fighting? >> the report says, basically, that the refugees are living in subhuman conditions. they don't have adequate shelter or access to medical care. we are the valid at one of the u.n. centers where the refugees come to register their names. it's a very important process. you can see them lining up. they come with their whole family and each member of the family has to be present to register their names. that does not give them entitlement to food aid or access to medical services, but that process usually takes maybe one month or two to three months in order for them to
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verify their status as refugees. only after that can they get food aid and access to medical help. many of the people here -- there's a family and that came from homs a day and a half ago. they've not been able to enter. we have seen other families who opinion three months and still not been registered. the un officer says it is a very important process, because the amount of aid dedicated to the assyrian refugees is limited. they want to make sure it is going to the people most in need. we have to remember between lebanon and syria, thousands of syrian workers have been living in lebanon even before the crisis started in syria. many of them will try to come here to get aid. they want to make sure it's only the refugees who did most will get it. that's why the process is long. some say this kind of problem needs to be reviewed to make it
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quicker. another major problem is that there are no refuge camps. the lebanese government and most lebanese political parties from across the spectrum are not in favor of establishing refugee camps for the syrians. they are conficoncern that the refugees will stay here even after the crisis is over. that is something most lebanese don't want to happen. they say they have enough trouble with palestinian refugees who came here more than 60 years ago and they are still here and they don't want that experience to be repeated. >> thank you for that report from lebanon. france wants the united nations to take charge of security in mali. the un security council is considering a plan for an international peacekeeping force of less than a month since france launched a military action to drive al qaeda rebels out of town in northern mali.
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our diplomatic editor reports. >> african soldiers on their way to northern mali. these troops are from chad, part of the african force that was supposed to run the peacekeeping operation. but the plans are now being changed. these troops could soon be wearing un blue berets. the intervention is now much more complicated. the security council and in particular france, which wants to start drawing down its troops in a matter of weeks, are supportive of the idea. clerk we have to have a transition from the french and others to a un peacekeeping operation. it will be easier because i guess most of the contingents of
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the peacekeeping operation will be the african contingents. >> the un has been making detailed plans, but officials are making it clear the primary role will be peacekeeping and not fighting. >> to keep the peace, there has to be some peace. so this will be evaluated to, including also in light of security considerations. >> it seems clear that around a security council table there is now broad agreement with the idea of the u.n. taking the lead in mali. i've spoken to ambassadors, from countries who are members of the african union and ecowas representatives, they have no objection. mali will probably be persuaded in the end. it is going to take some time to get a new u.n. force up and running. france is keen to start pulling its troops out in march. the interim time before the u.n.
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is fully in control could be difficult and dangerous. al jazeera, at the united nations. >> india is failing to protect children from sexual abuse. human rights watch has released the details of the report which shows abuse is rampant in schools and children's homes. the report finds more than 7200 children are raped every year. police and doctors also routinely mistreat and humiliate victim's. this along with shame and a social stigma stops people from taking further action against abusers. last year the government passed a law making it a crime to inflict any form of sexual abuse on a child, but it admits implementation remains poor. little will change unless social attitudes also change. a representative from a social
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change group is joining us. >> even getting this law was not easy. i'm glad the law has passed, but it does require a lot of coordination, public action, public outreach, and the working with the government and institutions. it also requires greater investment in protecting children. i do hopw it picks up pace. at the moment, themood is there, but everybody has to do more. -- at the moment, the mood is there. there's a place for debate. i think it will have to be a lot of coordination. [indiscernible] i commend human rights watch for
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bringing up this issue, but it must happen on the ground. we have to be vigilant. everybody in the neighborhood should be alert and not think of it as if it was a private matter and it has nothing to do with them. every issue and should be seen as that of a violation of children's rights and there should be a huge effort. fore's still room democracy, for discussion, for campaigns, for getting information from the government. we have to use every instrument available to make sure the silence is broken. attitudes are stubborn, but it does not mean they will not change at all. >> there's much more to come, including the inspiring story of aid charity in india which is helping hundreds get back on their feet. japan may already be arguing
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with china over one group a coma violence, but now it has picked another fight. -- over one group of violence. >> the weather has been very mobile across many parts of europe recently. we have seen plenty of weather systems and one of them will stick around over the next couple days, mostly this one towards the east. that will give us plenty of rainfall and a lot of snowfall through friday and into saturday as well. plenty of wintry weather in the eastern parts, and towards the west there are few clouds with rain and snow. the winter is coming down from the north, bringing slightly cooler air. looking at a top temperature in london and paris of 6 degrees. it will not feel more at all. some of the unsettled water in europe -- unsettled weather
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still in europe. we will still see some rain in algeria through friday. the main system edging towards the east now. a few more showers in tunisia and into the northern parts of libya and towards egypt. for most of us in egypt, through friday, it should be dry. but you will notice the wind picking up. farther east, it's largely fine for many of us in the middle east. there's wet weather worki
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>> good to have you with us. the top stories. the latest pictures from tunisia showed a homecoming of the assassinated opposition leader and shokri belaid. the opposition and ruling party denied involvement in his murder. it has rejected the dissolution of parliament amount by the prime minister. a yearlong inquiry by australia 's top criminal investigation unit has found widespread doping and possible match fixing in. professional in it has also exposed links to organized crime and raise the possibility of match fixing. to syria, an opposition leader is demanding that the assad government release women prisoners or he says that he will withdraw its offer of peace talks. there's been no response from
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the government and another opposition group has rejected the idea. plighting in and around damascus continues to intensify, for a second day. charles has this report. continues.ng >> the fighting for control of damascus has intensified. these videos were up loaded onto an youtube and, although al jazeera can not independently verified. it is reportedly a suburb. the government says it has launched a major campaign against rebel positions in damascus. the voice describes what appears to be two dead soldiers and rebels say is a captured government gun. rebels say the fighting escalated on febris 61 they attacked the two checkpoints ini towns.u this is a british-based syrian
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observatory that says government reinforcements arrived here in recent days. >> escalation in fighting comes as an opposition leader suggested peace talks with president assad, but the government ignored the offer and another opposition group slightly rejected it and promised to fight on. rebels say the battles are now raging in and around damascus more intensely than ever before. that's a sign the government believes it could break a military stalemate in the capital and win back control of areas so close to the president's seat of power. charles stafford, al jazeera. >> ireland is getting rid of one of its troubled banks and renegotiating a debt repayment deal with the european central bank. us's go to lawrence joining from london. talk about the background of this and what happens now. >> this has been an absolute
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crisis for ireland for several years. a number of big institutional investors like a hedge funds have pumped large amounts of money into a bank, which it was essential casino operations, and they collapsed several years ago. these investors managed to persuade the irish government to pay them back on a promise and the debt was eventually be paid by the average taxpayers to the tune of $4 billion every year. if this is on top of the structural debt paid for ireland in austerity. it paid this back for several years, but they were going to have to pay it back until 2023. but there was no more money to be found. the current government is under pressure to restructure the debt or finds another way of doing it. there's a proposal written by the government now to turn the debt they had into a long-term bond. they're trying to get the
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european central bank to agree to that. that would mean the money would still be paid back by the taxpayer but over a far longer period of time. it stops them from bankrupting themselves in the short-term. >> is this good news or bad news for ireland? and for the irish people? >> economists will all say that it's terrible news. if you look at greece, the investors had to take a write- down of the money they put in, now that will not happen if the ecb agrees to this. the irs taxpayer will still have to pay the whole amount, but they will pass on the deck to the next generation. the irish government maintains this as a victory. it's very good for the european central bank. it looks like pretty bad news for the irish people for long- term.
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>> thank you for that report from london. japan opposes military is scrambling its fighter planes after russian jets briefly entered its airspace. the japanese media says tokyo formally has complained to the russian embassy in japan. people are marching on thursday -- people in japan are marching on thursday to return to some islands claimed by russia around world war ii. >> hardly anybody lives here, but in japan and russia both claim these islands. the japanese call them the northern territories. flag has been debated. the soviet union control of them and under an agreement signed by japan in 1951. but tokyo wants a for your of the islands back -- wants 4 of
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the islands back. the country is marking northern territory day. >> we are continuing negotiations with the fundamental goal of completing a peace treaty with russia. >> although, he says he wants a peaceful resolution to the dispute, not all japanese feel the same. >> they invaded and conquered our land during the war and we were not able to fight back. it is a surge. >> the russian prime minister dmitry medvedev has visited the islands. his visit has raised tensions with tokyo in the past. northern territory day has become a fixture in the diaries of right-wingers in japan as they seek to reassert japanese influence. analysts say that abe needs all
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the help he can get in limiting chinese militarism despite his vows to be tough with beijing. that may soften any demands he makes when he visits moscow later this year. al jazeera reporting. >> the most artful diplomat in the united states has been sworn in. >> al-midan. -- so help me god. >> john kerry has been sworn in as secretary of state. he says america will do what is necessary to stand up to extremism, terrorism, chaos, and evil. >> boeing has been given the go- ahead to test fly one of its grounded dreamliner jets so engineers can can check whether it is safe. the 787 will land immediately. the safety scare has grounded all 787's worldwide until be all
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clear is given. airport authorities in nigeria are clearing away more than 60 planes abandoned by their owners. the operation is part of an effort to talk to improve the country's image in the eyes of travelers. now this report from lagos. >> airport authorities in nigeria call it the plane graveyard, a burial ground for aircraft abandoned by their owners. everything from small just to boeing 747's. some of these were impounded by customs after being used to smuggle illegal goods. several others are subject to court litigation and others were damaged beyond repair. their owners and disappeared. now airport authorities are looking at getting rid of them. at least 65 planes have been abandoned at airports across nigeria. dismantling and removing them from airport premises will improve safety, security, and
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the maintenance of airport facilities. but the cleanup operation is also part of an effort to improve standards at nigeria's airport. the airplane graveyard is often the first thing travelers see when landing. there are other problems like a lack of seating, tilikum food and beverage facilities, and flight delays. >> the airport is a face of every country. for whatever reason, through the years, we have not exactly given as much attention as we should in 22 airports. we have begun to provide the kind of dignified and respectful airport experience that nigerians deserve and that our visitors deserve. >> in addition to getting rid of the airplane graveyard, hundreds of millions of dollars is being spent by the government in renovating nigeria's 22
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airports. passengers we spoke with say the improvements are long overdue. >> the last time i came to this terminal, it was under construction. now we have a place to use. i think they did make it a little better. >> i think people know what the standards are and it's beginning to bear on what we're doing now in terms of innovation. >> the demolition of abandoned planes goes on. airport authorities say they will put in place strict legal measures against aircraft owners to make sure the dumping does not return. at this airport, the undertakers' will move to airports in abuja and the other main cities of nigeria. >> amputees in india can walk again, thanks to artificial limbs. a replacement limb can cost
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thousands of dollars in the western world, but this group can get people up and about for a fraction of the price and has a cultural edge. >> he says he can do anything and farmer with two legs can. his leg was amputated eight years ago after an infection led to gangrene. >> after losing my leg, all i could do was sit at home. i was completely useless. i was so depressed. my children were very worried. they wondered what happened to their father. >> for months, using homemade crutches. unable t
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